Complacency about the quality of public schools in our communities can contribute to deficiencies in them. People who demand good schools and monitor them closely often get what they want - and what their children need.
It is a fact of human nature, however, that we do not want to believe our local schools are not first-rate. Unfortunately, some are far from that.
A new system of evaluating education quality in West Virginia was unveiled last week, with detailed ratings of every school in the state.
As we reported, more than two-thirds of the high schools in the Northern Panhandle failed to meet all the goals set out by the state Department of Education. That was about the same failure rate as for the rest of the state.
No doubt educators will work hard to remedy shortcomings identified by the state. In doing so they deserve the support of our communities.
At the same time, however, boards of education and county superintendents should be left in no doubt that the public will insist on improvements.